A 15-year-old girl in Perth, Australia, had just stepped into the ocean for a swim Monday morning when she felt something with sharp teeth latch onto her left foot.
Isabella Brett-Jensen shook free of the predator, but was bleeding profusely.
“Bits of my foot or like flesh actually fell off as I was walking up . Brett-Jensen, who was swimming at North Cottesloe Beach, told 9 News. “There was blood everywhere.”
Based on the spherical shape of the wound, which required 10 stitches to close, the predator was determined to have been a wobbegong shark.
Wobbegong, in Australian Aboriginal language, translates to “shaggy beard.” Wobbegong sharks feature dermal lobes around their mouths, lending the appearance of a beard.
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